Illustration is for everyone. From cave paintings to cartoons, picture books to packaging, it is fundamental to our understanding of one another. It tells stories, propels ideas and saves lives. We all experience it every day and we can all create it.
House of Illustration is the UK’s first and only organisation dedicated to sharing amazing illustration, nurturing skills, and unlocking stories and ideas. As an independent charity, your support is vital in enabling us to exhibit, tour and deliver projects with artists, schools and communities. Thank you.
The Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration
We are transforming a fascinating but forgotten heritage site in central London into galleries, learning spaces and gardens. The Quentin Blake Centre will be the UK’s home for illustration and the largest space in the world dedicated to illustration. It will offer a range of exhibitions and projects, and safeguard the 45,000-work archive of one of Britain’s best-loved artists, Sir Quentin Blake.
We are working with Tim Ronalds Architects (the award-winning architects for Wilton’s Music Hall, Hackney Empire and the National Centre for Circus Arts) to open up New River Head’s historic buildings and share their amazing stories. And we are creating a space where everyone can come to explore the vitality and variety of illustration, whether visitors, art-lovers, illustrators, families or students.
Donate online, text 10QBCentre to 70085 to donate £10, or text 20QBCentre to 70085 to donate £20
Please email Harry Hickmore, Head of Fundraising and Campaigns, if you'd like to hear more about the project and discuss supporting.
In Quentin Blake’s imaginative Angel Pavement, Corky and Loopy use magic pencils to enable their friend Sid and his pavement art to soar into the sky.
Like Sid, we need our very own Angels to sustain our work: a community of very special friends who share our commitment to illustration and its future.
As an Illustration Angel you can make a contribution of £1,500 each year (£125 per month) and are offered opportunities to deepen their involvement through exhibition previews, studio visits and talks.
The Curators’ Circle jointly support two projects each year. In 2022 these will include the brand-new touring exhibition Quentin Blake: Illustrating Verse, exploring Quentin’s work over 60 years with poets from Sylvia Plath to Michael Rosen, and a new commission from an emerging illustrator.
As a member of the Curators’ Circle, you can contribute £6,000 a year, which also includes involvement as an Illustration Angel.
Donations and Gift Aid
We are a small charity and every donation makes a big difference.
If you are a UK taxpayer, please tick the Gift Aid box when you give so we can increase the value of your donation by 25% at no extra cost to you.
We love meeting new people and exploring new ways of working together.
Recent partnerships range from the Pathways Into Children’s Publishing programme with Pop Up Projects, supported by Arts Council England, to the Architectural Heritage Fund’s support for the development stage of our capital project, to Winsor & Newton’s sponsorship of our Sketchmeet events.
Please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to talk.
Thank you to all of our supporters.
Architectural Heritage Fund
DCMS, HM Treasury and Arts Council England and the Culture Recovery Fund
Trusts and foundations
Roald Dahl Story Company and Dahl family
Garfield Weston Foundation
Robert Gavron Charitable Trust
The Wolfson Foundation
Clore Duffield Foundation
John Ellerman Foundation
John Lyon’s Charity
The Philip and Barbara Denny Trust
Atkin Charitable Foundation
Fineman Family Trust
The Philip and Irene Toll Gage Foundation
Sir Quentin Blake
Richard & Jacqueline Worswick
Mike Shipley & Philip Rudge
Peter & Julia Barron
Richard & Carolyn Bawden
Nicholas & Linda Durbridge
Michael & Margaret Fowle
Jenny Higham & Ed Naylor
Sir Richard Lambert & Harriet Murray-Browne
Patrick & Anne-Louise Janson-Smith
Lisa & Dave Mason
The Mayerson Family
Dai Smith & Susan Gostick